Barry's Genealogy Diary

This online genealogical diary is hosted by Barry T. Self. It is primarily for information pertaining to the SELF surname, more particularly for descendants of John J. and Lydia Avaline Waters Self, who were married in Union County, GA in 1851. Barry Self is the SELF proclaimed family genealogist and historian, having spent over 20 years researching this Self line. This diary is dedicated to preserving and sharing the findings of his research.

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Location: Madisonville, Tennessee, United States

I am married to a wonderful and sweet wife, Svitlana, who is from Ukraine and we have a beautiful daughter, Lydia Elizabeth. I have worked in the funeral business since 1988 and thoroughly enjoy researching my family roots.

Friday, September 02, 2011


It's that time of year again... yes "it's football time in Tennessee". You are right, but it is also time for something else. The 26th annual Self Family Reunion will be Saturday, September 24 at the Pearson Springs Rotary Pavilion in Maryville, Tennessee. The pavilion is on Montvale Station Road. We will begin gathering around 3p.m. and share a covered dish meal around 4 p.m. Directions: on Hwy. 411 N. in Maryville, turn right at the Exxon station onto Sandy Springs Road. Pass Foothills School, turn left onto Montvale Station Road. Go approximately 1/2 mile. The pavilion entrance is on the left, just before Sandy Springs Park. Turn into the entrance and go down the hill to the pavilion parking lot. For more information call ph. 423-420-9253. Hoping to see you there!